Mar 31, 2017
Letter to Secretary DeVos Encourages Data Quality and Transparency
Last week, PostsecData sent a letter signed by 47 partner organizations to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, encouraging her to support greater transparency in higher education. The letter and its attachments highlight the decades of work the Education Department has undertaken to improve the availability and quality of postsecondary education data, and they show some of the ways in which the data have had a positive impact on the lives of students, workers, and veterans.
The letter specifically urges the continued collection of debt, repayment, and earnings data for all postsecondary institutions receiving federal aid dollars, so that students can make informed decisions about where to enroll for postsecondary education. These data—currently collected via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and featured in College Navigator, the College Scorecard, and the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Data Center—provide crucial information on student outcomes and are essential to helping students choose the right options.
The letter further points out that program-level data, in addition to institution-level data, would prove even more helpful for students and the counselors who provide them guidance. Many students are choosing between different programs at their local college, not just choosing between colleges, and outcomes can vary significantly between programs even at the same institution. Because having employment data for each program would further highlight alignment between curricula and labor market demand, many institutions support having more of these data.
to read the letter and attachments.